Federal law enforcement was at the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who is the focus of the Jan. 6 committee hearing.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed the activity took place on Wednesday.
The spokesperson did not comment on the reason for the activity.
News of the law enforcement activity came just over an hour before the House committee investigating Jan. 6 is scheduled to hold a hearing into how the president of the Donald Trump, used the Department of Justice to attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. Clark was at the center of this plot and created a backchannel directly to Trump, going over the heads of his superiors in the DOJ, the committee argued.
Earlier testimony indicated that Clark believed strongly in false claims that the election was stolen from Trump.
Trump considered appointing Clark to the post of attorney general to help him in his post-election fight, but several senior Justice Department officials threatened to resign, leading Trump to end the plan, according to a previous testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Russ Vought, former director of the Office of Management and Budget and president of the Center for Renewing America, of which Clark is a member, issued a statement Thursday condemning law enforcement activity and calling on ‘patriots’ to support Clark .
“The new era of criminalization of politics is deepening in the United States. Yesterday, more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials searched Jeff Clark’s home in a pre-dawn raid, put him on the street in his pajamas and took his electronic devices” , Vought said in the statement. “All because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud. This isn’t America, folks.
Clark was subpoenaed by the committee investigating the Capitol riot in October and eventually gave an interview in which he allegedly invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times, according to CNN.
Thursday’s committee hearing will feature testimony from former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue and Steven Engel, the former assistant attorney general in the Office of Counsel legal; all were nominated by Trump. All three are expected to testify to Trump’s efforts to make Clark acting attorney general and their threats to step down if he does.
Clark, meanwhile, has maintained his presence in the MAGA world, with appearances on Steve Bannon’s podcast and an account on Trump’s social media site, Truth Social. And he tried to raise funds, while attacking the committee, telling potential donors he was “targeted for cancellation by the hyper-partisan January 6 committee, the ‘mainstream’ media and a slew of professors from left-wing right and supposed “Republicans” who are never Trumpers”.
Sarah Mimms contributed.